- Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie
- Edition: 1st Edition
- Available in: Paperback and Kindle
- ISBN: 978-1843869689
- Published: 22nd January 2015
Ian Vaughan. Family man… once. Now recruited to the SIS and fresh out of training, his first field op looks to be almost a breeze. His assignment sounds highly achievable – a mission to befriend a charismatic politician who, in the wake of the failed Arab Spring, has conceived a unification plan for the North African oil and gas producing nations. Western governments welcome the plan, but other forces are at work… A conference to present the plan is to be held on the beautiful island of Madeira and Vaughan, using the cover of a maritime author, is dispatched to the island, assisted by the Royal Navy. En route, he rescues a boy adrift on a sailboard and comes into contact with his widowed mother who is host to her Brazilian uncle, unaware that his entire ambitions could destroy the European economy. Greed and death lay in the shadows as Vaughan finds himself embroiled in conspiracy and danger, challenging both his judgement and his courage. The third book in the Vaughan series, Shadows in Sunshine continues the thrilling pace of its predecessors and charts the waters of international espionage with poise and finesse.
“Must read – Couldn’t put it down!”
A new author with a new angle on thrillers with dual plots that have intrigue, a believable hero, are well researched and move at a pace that keeps you turning the pages.
Frankland’s first two books were good, this one is very good.
“Great book to read whilst on Holiday!!!”
A clever two plot thriller with a single hero, set on the Island of Madeira. Thoroughly researched clever characterisations and page turner pace.
This, his third book continues the exploits of Richard Frankland’s hero, Ian Vaughan, as he is sent his first SIS mission to befriend a North African political leader and use the connection to obtain details of an important conference; a task that has its dangers, and with unexpected distractions that could effect the entire economics of Europe. This book is a must read and there just has to be further instalments!
19th May 2017
Amazon 5 Star ***** 9th July 2016
Richard Frankland is a very talented and knowledgeable writer, who keeps us gripped with a different kind of thriller. .Every new release in this series ups the game, and Shadows in Sunshine is another expertly crafted adventure that takes us to new and exciting levels. Ian Vaughan is a hero with a well-deserved reputation and I look forward to hearing more.
“What a delightful read”
Paperback edition 25th May 2016
by A.V. Matthews
What a delightful read. A most unusual plot which keeps the reader’s attention right until the end. Nice to read something which has NOT got the “F” word scattered throughout !
I now look forward to getting the other two books and getting my nose into them !
Michelle Glenholmes 10th April 2016
Comment: How fantastic are your books!
Not only is there a thrilling story line but the locations covered are so familiar to me, made it come alive all the more & totally encaptured me. (I now live in the Chichester area and Madeira was a second home whilst growing up as my mother is from the stunning island).
Also the beautiful artwork used on the cover of your books has made me go old school; proud to have all three books on the shelf rather than on a kindle.
Can’t wait for your next book.
5.0 out of 5 starsANOTHER WINNER
By P.G-S on 2 Feb. 2016
Richard Frankland has DONE IT AGAIN! Wow. Shadows in Sunshine had me spellbound. I had previously read, Cast of Hawks and Batsu and also found both these novels,written by Richard, just as gripping. In Shadows and Sunshine, Ian Vaughan ( the main character in all three novels) certainly has his work cut out. Now working for the SIS, his role brings about suspense, tension, excitement and mystery on the island of Madeira. Richard’s research is impeccable and makes the reading of his stories both believable and memorable. I wish to congratulate Richard and thank him for another splendid read and I look forward to his next novel.
Amazon 5star ***** “A cracking good read”
by claire nelson
Richard Frankland has done all his research to provide a highly accurate and intriguing novel.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great read from Richard V Frankland in the Ian Vaughan …
By Ann O on 23 Nov. 2015
Another great read from Richard V Frankland in the Ian Vaughan series. Whilst it is a stand-alone story, I believe it does help to have read the first two books in the series and as with the first two, I couldn’t put this one down. Set in Madeira, the author brought the locations to life with vivid descriptions and the storyline kept me on tenterhooks. Keep them coming Richard – I need to know what happens to Ian.
Michael Edward Parsons posted on Facebook 10th October 2015
Great read enthralling tale from start to finish and an excellent follow on from the first two Ian Vaughan thrillers, Richard Frankland knows how to keep the reader engrossed in the story. Can’t wait for the next instalment, keep up the good work Richard Frankland.
B & J Staples Review sent via ‘The Bookshop’ Lee-on-the-Solent’ 3rd October 2015
‘ Batsu, A Cast of Hawks and Shadows in Sunshine were amazing. The attention to detail and the thrilling plots were second to none!
Sorry it has taken us so long to get through, both of us have had a really busy year thus far.
We hope that Ian Vaughan is going to have lots more adventures, he deserves to live and thrive!
It would also be great if his wife one day comes through her mental trauma and they become re-united.’
Helen Cooper Senior Librarian Tavistock Library 29th September 2015
I read it in one sitting, I just could not put it down.
The plot is brilliant, the characters believable and the ending a real cliff hanger. I hope the next book is almost completed as I don’t want to wait a long time to find out what happens. I’m always impressed with his research and he has the ability to make quite complicated plots very ‘readable’. As always I was left with questions which hopefully will be answered in the next book. One thing intrigues me – how can such a pleasant gentleman write menace the way he does?
I will continue to recommend his books to my customers and will wait with anticipation the next volume.
Pat Adams letter dated 22nd Sept 2015
Have just finished your latest book, Richard. Most enjoyable, I found it difficult to put down. Hope it is not long before we have the next instalment of Ian Vaughan’s adventures.
Amazon 5 Star *****
By MG on 1 April 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having read Richard Frankland’s earlier books I was looking forward to this one and I wasn’t disappointed. Once again I really enjoyed this, the third in the series. The action is fast and each book (starting with A Cast Of Hawks) has been pretty much impossible to put down. I particularly enjoyed this one because most of the action takes place in Madeira, an island I know well, so I recognised and could picture a number of the places described. In fact as I read it in an apartment at one of the locations I almost started checking the carpet for bloodstains!
I like the way the main character, Ian Vaughan, is developing. Unlike, say, James Bond, he didn’t arrive fully formed as a super hero but began in the first book as an ordinary family man and it has been interesting to see his journey. I also like the attention to detail and the way in which whenever Vaughan gets into a scrape he finds a realistic way out of it, rather than resorting to hand grenades hidden in his socks, a laser guided missile in his fountain pen or other unlikely gadgets.
Although each book is a stand alone thriller, there is that thread running through as the character develops, and it leaves me waiting with baited breath for number four. There’s enough reference back to previous events that you can start here (though not too much to slow the pace) but if you’ve not read Richard Frankland before my recommendation is to start at the beginning and enjoy all three books while waiting for him to write number four. If you’ve already read the first two this one is a worthy addition to the bookshelf.
I look forward to the day when you won’t have to seek out Richard Frankland, but he is as widely known as the likes of Lee Child and Ian Rankin.
Shadows in Sunshine by Richard V. Frankland is the latest and most exciting in the Vaughan thriller series – a brilliant plot surrounded by lots of inter-woven sub plots. The story – set mainly on the island of Madeira – is cleverly scripted to lead from a simple beginning to an exciting conclusion with artistic and flowing themes wound around the main plot to keep the readers interest going.Richard V. Frankland uses very expressive language throughout with much detail to keep the most demanding reader occupied, and has obviously researched his material with great care because he has been able to put an incredible amount of local knowledge into his story.This story is certainly the most gripping yet and the ending leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next novel.
Amazon 5 Star *****
By Naoyoshi Yamakawa on 18 Mar. 2015
Apparently the author has taken the Ian Vaughan thriller series a step higher involving the current geo-political issues following the Arab Springs, which makes the scene of the events all very realistic. The detailed depictions of Madeira is interesting and set the story in the vivid environment, although I haven’t been to the island. Occurrences of multiple and simultaneous conspiracies merging into the assassination event is very dynamic and dramatic, together with the author’s usual details on the sailing. I certainly look forward to the fourth Ian Vaughan series.
By Howard Peters on 17 Feb. 2015
A hugely enjoyable tale, that was slickly paced… and all-consuming. The research the author has carried out has been done with extreme accuracy, it is obvious to the reader he has a deep affection for the island of Madeira which clearly shone through in every twist and turn of the plot. It is a tremendously enjoyable and gripping novel with a very believable hero… Ian Vaughan and I look forward to the the next book in the series. Richard V Frankland can justly take his place alongside other great British thriller writers.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS FOR ‘SHADOWS IN SUNSHINE’ 25 – 1 – 2015 – AMAZON 5 Star *****
Another winner from Richard V. Frankland! Intricate plots, dynamic action, stunning location, believable characters ( such a change from totally impossible super-heroes ) all combine to give the reader another fast-paced instalment in the Vaughan saga. These books would make a wonderful series of films although, to be fair, the author is so apt at descriptive prose that it’s very like having a film reel in front of your eyes. As a side-effect, the island of Madeira may very well acquire an influx of new tourists all heading to Bruno’s restaurant. Well done Richard Frankland !
“Another great yarn. ”
by Ray Nickson
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the books of Richard V Frankland about 3 years ago.
This authors books have got me back into reading for pleasure.
Having enjoyed ‘A Cast of Hawks’ and ‘Batsu’ I was eagerly waiting for ‘Shadows in Sunshine’, to be published.
The author obviously knows about sailing, and equally obviously, thoroughly researches his locations.
I’m guessing that the main character, Ian Vaughan, will appear again soon. I look forward to reading his next adventure.